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The Journey Continues

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This week’s Parasha may be Noach but I’m looking forward to Lech Lecha, next week’s Torah reading about the call to Abraham. I’m focusing on Lech Lecha because it’s particularly resonant for me as I announce my resignation from Caulfield Shule as its Senior Rabbi, a position I have held for 13 years. My time with you will end in October 2021.

Thirteen is of course the age of independence, the bar mitzvah year for a young Jewish man, a time when we set him off on his life’s journey; when we issue the call and challenge to him to “Lech Lecha” – go forth young man, have trust in Hashem that he will show you the place of promise, the land of your dreams. And be sure to put in your best, to know thyself, to travel not only without but also within. The words are “Lech Lecha”, which can also mean journey into yourself, ‘to your own self be true’.

I left the age of 13 behind a long time ago but my bar mitzvah year at Caulfield Shule seems an appropriate point to plan my departure and to venture towards other destinations that Hashem may have in mind for me, other places out there and in here that I need to explore. As the wise King Solomon put it: “For everything there is a season and a time”. You just have to be able to read the seasons and choose your time.

Leaving is rarely an easy or simple thing, especially when you are separating from people and places that you love and have invested in. I have poured my heart, soul and years of my life into Caulfield Shule. When I was first approached by the exceptional and indefatigable Gary Frydman to be the Shule’s senior rabbi, I was apprehensive. Leaders from across the Melbourne Jewish community warned me that it was a toxic place, a dangerous space for a rabbi! It was certainly a deeply wounded and fractured congregation.

I have never been afraid of hard work and........

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